With the EVE Online Community that has earned its reputation for providing both engaging and intense feedback and opinions, CCP has released an official statement in response to one of the most recent controversial decisions being overturned: the Prospector’s Pack is going up for sale.
The package containing the ship and the skills to pilot it and extras was geared towards new players to get them off to a good start on their capsuleer adventures, but the community was cautious as monetization of this nature could disrupt some of its value of ships in the game. Monetization is obviously important for a game to survive, but there were concerns that selling such things, particularly fully-featured ships as a ready-to-deploy bundle, could affect the prices of ships in the game. This extends to getting producers out of the way, because if you could just buy ships without investing the time and resources to make them a reality, why would some in the community want to do the work?
In response to the sale of the pack, which is met with strong negative feedback against selling things like fully outfitted ships, CCP will be involving players in the process to determine what to go in future new player packs like this one. The changes will take time to implement, and there will be more at Fanfest.
“One of the themes for Fanfest is a new project we’re developing that will transform this and all future packs – a paradigm where packs are delivered to these types of players, ensuring that every ship we offer new players arriving through the sale will have their roots in actual player work in New Eden: made by veterans for new players. This feature not only feeds every ship from the player base, but allows the community to influence which ships are included in these packs. In addition, the CSM will now hold a quarterly meeting to specifically discuss these types of packaging and other trade issues. Not only to be in the room and have discussions about future packs, but also to share feedback that the community wants.”
And if full-featured ships become just another transaction, the concern was that there would be more of them, tipping the balance away from the community and player-driven core.
You can read the full CCP statement below EVE Online.
https://www.mmorpg.com/news/eve-online-removes-prospectors-pack-from-sale-ccp-vows-for-community-influenced-decisions-on-new-packs-2000124597 EVE Online withdraws Prospector’s Pack from sale, CCP promises community-influenced decisions on new packs